Event: WWE SmackDown Live
Date: September 17, 2019
Location: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
SmackDown Live Results & Highlights
The New Day defeated The Revival and Randy Orton in a six-man tag team match that opened this week’s SmackDown Live. In a last minute scramble, Orton delivered a DDT to Kofi Kingston and was about to deliver FTRKO but Big E sent Orton out of the ring and on to the ring post. Kingston took the opportunity to hit a Double DDT to The Revival and delivered Trouble in Paradise to Dawson to secure the win.
Enter THE BEAST, BROCK LESNAR!! The former champion made a shocking return to SmackDown Live along with Paul Heyman who challenged Kingston for a Championship match at SmackDown’s inaugural show on FOX. Kofi accepted the challenge but got hit by an F5 from the Beast to end the segment.
Backstage, in an exclusive pre-taped interview, Erick Rowan told Michael Cole that he attacked Roman Reigns to challenge his dominance.
Shinsuke Nakamura attacked Ali from behind, after Sami Zayn caused a distraction, before the match could even start. The segment ended abruptly with the Intercontinental Champion standing tall.
Kevin Owens, who was fired from SmackDown last week, entered the arena through the crowd with a ticket in his hand and took his seat while Shane McMahon watched this from backstage. As McMahon was making his way to the ring, he got served with some legal papers.
McMahon entered the ring with security guards and invited Owens in. He revealed that he has received a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Owens for an amount of $25 million in damages. Owens made his intentions clear (to hurt Shane by making him lose money) and left the arena through the crowd.
Charlotte Flair defeated Sasha Banks via disqualification after Bayley entered the ring and attacked Flair. Post-match, both Banks and Bayley continued the assault and Carmella rushed in to make the save. The heels retreated after Carmella superkicked Banks and Charlotte sent Bayley out with a boot to the face.
Chad Gable spoiled Baron Corbin’s King of the Ring coronation ceremony after Corbin invited Gable to the ring and continued to make jokes about him. Gable attacked Corbin and destroyed the cape, scepter and the crown.
Heavy Machinery defeated The B-Team in a short match after the big men delivered a Compactor.
SmackDown Main Event: Daniel Bryan came to the ring and talked about how he had treated Erick Rowan as his equal but Rowan interrupted and told him he never felt the same. This was only a setup for Luke Harper who attacked Bryan from behind. Roman Reigns rushed in to save the day but, after the initial charge, the numbers game proved costly for the Big Dog. The heels beatdown Reigns, Bryan, and some security guards before putting Bryan through the announce table to close the show.
Takeaways from SmackDown Live
The Beast Is Back
Brock Lesnar returned to WWE, and immediately laid down a challenge to the WWE Champion Kofi Kingston. Kofi has been one of the strongest booked champions in recent memory and has been pinned just once since winning the title six months ago.
However, no one is safe from Lesnar’s wrath, as Lesnar has won every championship match in which he started out as the challenger. Lesnar has dethroned the likes of Seth Rollins, John Cena and Goldberg for championship victories, and it won’t be a surprise if Kofi lost the title on Friday Night SmackDown’s debut on FOX.
One thing’s for sure, the FOX episode is going to have massive ratings! Lesnar wrestling his first match on weekly television in nearly 16 years is a tremendous way to get your show off to a great start.
Will The Real Kevin Owens Please Stand Up?
Kevin Owens’ frustrating character arc continued once again on SmackDown Live. Owens was a ruthless smack-talking superstar who went on a rampage last month. However, post-SummerSlam his character was toned down once again.
Owens is back to being the superstar he was a few months ago, and his never-ending feud with Shane McMahon doesn’t seem to end anytime soon.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan: Madness Unleashed
Harper and Rowan produced a bludgeoning on SmackDown Live, as they went after Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan. WWE’s handling of both the individuals has been excellent recently.
It’s still unclear whether Bryan is a face or a heel, and if he will join Harper and Rowan by turning on Reigns. The Usos are expected on WWE television soon, and a Bloodline vs Bryan Family will be a fantastic encounter.
Ali Needs The IC Title
Ali is one of the best babyfaces in WWE today, and he desperately needs to win a feud to become a credible superstar on the roster. He has delivered excellent performances from time-to-time but is yet to feature in a full-fledged feud with a superstar.
The previously dropped Nakamura-Ali feud is back on track, and hopefully, Ali will be able to win the IC title from Nakamura. Ali could go on to have an Open Challenge every week, and we could be treated to several high quality battles!
WWE Needs To Start Looking Outside Of The Four Horsewomen
The Four Horsewomen of WWE have dominated the female division on both the shows for the past month or so, and that is a fantastic sight. However, this can only go on for a certain amount of time, and once their feuds end, WWE will need to bring superstars who aren’t a part of this group.
Carmella was given the chance to showcase her talents when she helped Charlotte Flair against Bayley and Sasha Banks. However, it was mostly a one-off appearance as Lynch was busy doing promotional work for the company.
Superstars like Liv Morgan, Ember Moon, and Kairi Sane need more screen-time to establish themselves. With a draft coming up, WWE won’t be able to use all the four Horsewomen on both the shows every week.